June 08, 2005
Free Gerardo Flores
Pictured above is a young fellow named Gerardo Flores. As a high school student in Lufkin, TX, he enjoyed drinking beers and playing soccer and often looked forward to the day when he would graduate from college and finally be able to make a better life for himself and his numerous, numerous relatives. Instead, he now looks to spend the rest of his life behind bars. His crime: Helping his girlfriend get an abortion.
Sez the AP:
LUFKIN, Texas -- A 19-year-old East Texas man faces a life prison sentence for causing his teenage girlfriend to miscarry twins, even though she wanted to end the pregnancy.
Gerardo Flores was accused of causing the miscarriage by stepping on his girlfriend's stomach. He was prosecuted under the state's new fetal protection law.
Erica Basoria acknowledged asking Flores to help end her pregnancy. But the 17-year-old can't be prosecuted because of her legal right to abortion.
The defense contended that Basoria punched herself while Flores was stepping on her, making it impossible to tell who killed the twins.
The jury reached a verdict after deliberating four hours. Because prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty in the case, Flores received the automatic life sentence.
Now, I can acknowledge the fact that what young Mr. Flores and his woman decided to do is not the easiest or even the cleanest way to get rid of a set of twins, but at the same time I can understand how a young couple in that situation might end up making such a decision. I mean, it's better that a kid like him save his money for school so that he might one day be able to provide for a family than for him to be taking his $300 down to the tall Israelis at Planned Parenthood.
In a country where there is no publicly subsidized abortions for the unfit (as there should be), what other options were there, really? Only a fascist country like the United States of Amerikkka would force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term just because she couldn't afford the other, best option.
NOTE: I probably won't be back full time until next Monday or Tuesday, but I'll probably post again at least one more time this week. In the meantime, thanks to all of the kids who have been holding this shit down in my absence.
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